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skymadgaz September 25th, 2013 03:02 PM

Using outputs on SLC500 HSCE Card
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Hi All.
I apologise if this topic is already covered in another thread.

I currently have an encoder connected to an HSCE high speed counter card that is measuring the running speed of the machine.

The comment in the program where this is scaled in to linespeed (meters / minute) states :-
Encoder gives 3880Hz at 300 Metres/min x gear ratio of 96/22 = 16932. Scale and output to RS View on N16:38

A new requirement on this line is now to utilise the output from the HSCE card to give 1 pulse for ever meter of material that passes through the line.

I would appreciate any help on how I could go about this (if it is possible)

Many Thanks

dmargineau September 26th, 2013 07:11 AM

Welcome to the Forum!
I'd first suggest to do a little homework and try comprehending generic systems containing pulse generators (encoders) and pulse counters/readers (High Speed Counter PLC modules).

In order to accomplish this task you will need a couple of the missing system's parameters such as the Encoder PPR (Pulses Per Revolution, the roll the encoder is attached to Circumference or the eventual Material Roll Circumference plus the Material Roll to the encoder shaft gearing ratio.
Once acquring of these parameters it is a simple matter of ladder logic computing the number of pulses generated by the encoder when any point of the material contacting roll surface travels one meter and then turning on one of the 1746-HSCE Outputs when the required number of pulses have elapsed.
Unfortunately, after studying the User Manual (especially Pages 1-3 and 2-16) you will probably arrive at the conclusion that your existing system currently uses a Rate operation mode while the task at hand will require a Range operating mode.
Since you cannot use both at the same time, you have two choices.
One would be to split the encoder signal using something like; one of the splitter's outputs will be connected to the existing counter and used for the existing Rate (speed)operating mode.
The second splitter output will be connected to an unused 1746-HSCE input channel and this channel will be used in Range operating mode counting the required number of pulses and controlling the module's outputs accordingly.
The second option would be to install a separate encoder, connected to a HSCE channel configured for Range operating mode and use this encoder to compute the material length movement, however, this will require some engineering/currency/labor/time investments.

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